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June 30, 2019 in Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium will be a day long remembered. It was a day with profound messages. And today, we take steps to blast those messages worldwide, making PRIDE & JOY accessible for FREE via YouTube.

PRIDE & JOY sent a message to wrestling talent – No matter who you are, no matter how you identify, RISE is a platform where you are welcomed with open arms, allowed to be wonderfully, unapologetically you.

PRIDE & JOY sent a message to wrestling fans – No matter who you are, no matter how you identify, RISE is a place where you are welcomed with open arms, allowed to be wonderfully, unapologetically you.

PRIDE & JOY taught us that, even as much as we devote our efforts and resources to diversity and inclusion, we have opportunities to be better.

PRIDE & JOY showed us pro wrestling can be better.

And we intend to continue our efforts to make it better.

Better for talent.

Better for fans.

This is RISE.

We are Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions.

And we are here – for YOU!

Don’t call it a revolution, call it who we are. Call it what we do.

Join us tonight for the YouTube World Premiere of RISE – PRIDE & JOY at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central on the RISE YouTube Channel.

CLICK HERE FOR RISE ON YOUTUBE

Edu-2.pngRISE is very happy to announce RISEedu (prounoucned “RISE e-d-u”), comprehensive online professional wrestling training curriculums covering a variety of skills and subjects for the benefit and advancement of talent in all performance roles in professional wrestling. 

Because this training is available online, the learning opportunities provided by RISE are now available on a worldwide scale and at hours supporting multiple, global times zones. In addition to more availability, RISE is currently in negotiations with multiple candidates to become Professors of RISEedu. We have reached out to several globally travelled and recognized professionals and, in most cases, interest is mutual. We will be sharing the names and backgrounds of RISEedu Professors in the coming weeks as curriculums and agreements have been finalized.

“We have offered many online Seminars in the last few years, but nothing the scale and caliber of what will be offered through RISEedu. Our Online Seminars in the past have been hosted by renown facilitators, but only discussing somewhat narrow topics for one-time, very narrow timeframes. These courses will be comprehensive, deepening greatly the knowledge shared and retained by Students to truly gain World Class Development from our Staff of Professors,” said RISE Owner, Kevin Harvey.

RISEedu sessions are completely interactive audio/video classroom environments. Students and Professors can interact in real time, also allowing Professors to share videos, visual aids and other digital files to enhance the overall learning experience.

1-on-1 Sessions through RISEedu are now available through the form below. The complete first term of available classes information will be made available and registration opening this fall right here on rise-wrestling.com

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Today, RISE is happy to announce our new (ish) Podcast – Talent on The RISE! This Podcast will feature interviews with wrestlers and performing personalities from all over the wrestling world.

In 2018, we briefly produced Women on The RISE, but time constraints made the project unrealistic to keep up. Now, with significantly more time for media projects, the podcast should prove MUCH easier to maintain!

New episodes of Talent on The RISE will be available soon! For now, please enjoy last year’s episodes of Women on The RISE, available for download and streaming now.

The podcast will be hosted at soundcloud.com/risedtwa. The feed is currently available on both Sound Cloud and iTunes. It will soon be available on nearly all major podcast platforms.

Subscribe today, because this is just a small portion of new digital content coming at you from multiple platforms, courtesy of RISE – Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions!

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The Summit, the massive collaborative Women’s Wrestling event presented by SHIMMER Women Athletes, Femmes Fatales, Smash Wrestling and RISE is shaping up to be one of the biggest wrestling events of the summer! Representatives from each promotion have been asked every day since the announcement of this August 10 Super Show how fans will be able to watch at home.

Officials from all four companies have explored all options, and we believe we have found the best available.

First, though all companies wish we were able to stream this event live, the technology tests in the venue fell significantly short of what is needed to reliably maintain a live stream. To go live would be high risk of failure or failures, so we have elected to give the viewing fans at home the best possible experience as soon as possible.

The Summit will be filmed in the same manner it would be if we were able to live stream. After the conclusion of the event, The Summit will be made available as VOD and Digital Download at riseascent.com. This is the fastest way we can reliably get the video of The Summit to fans worldwide in lieu of a live stream.

The Summit will be available for VOD and Digital Download for $14.99 at riseascent.com.

Individual matches from The Summit will be available via ClickWrestle.com soon after the conclusion of the live event as well.

And one more thing…

Now available through the RISE Online Store is The Summit Pre-Sale Code. With it, you will get a VOD/Digital Download code redeemable at riseascent.com when the event becomes available August 10 for $12.99. To purchase your The Summit Pre-Sale Code, please CLICK HERE.

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In one of the biggest weekends in Chicago’s rich history in Professional Wrestling, RISE looks showcase Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest as we present Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket in Berwyn, IL at 5 PM.

What can fans expect from this event?

First and foremost, fans can expect an event filled with love and inclusion. Whether you’re one of our loyal, original RISE fans, new fans just discovering us at PRIDE & JOY or fans from out of town taking in AEW All Out and Starrcast, all are welcome to RISE events. Come be part of the fun!

In an effort to reach as many new fans possible, tickets for this event have been reduced to $10-30, available now at risedtwa.ticketleap.com!

As for the wrestling… we’ve got a packed lineup for everyone! For starters, we have the focal point of this event – The Midwest Bracket in our first Regional Rising Stars Tournament. 8 of today’s top up-and-coming women wrestlers who are based in the Midwestern United States will battle it out in this single elimination tournament featuring these first round matches.

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The evening’s Main Event will be the finals of the tournament.

We have quite a bit of amazing non-tournament action as well!

The Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championships will be defended as Champions, The Killer Death Machines, the team of Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh will take on former Champions Paradise Lost, the team of Raven’s Ash and Dust. And as always, “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary will be close to the battle of Paradise Lost.

When last they met in the INSANE Through The Door Six Person Elimination match at PRIDE & JOY, Jake Atlas and “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly took each other to the limit as the final two participants. The talents demanded this match. The fans demanded this match. And now, September 1 in Berwyn, IL, all will be happy and Jake Atlas and Priscilla Kelly face off in one-on-one competition.

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Making her return at PRIDE & JOY in one of the biggest matches in her career to date, “The Weapon of Ass Destruction” Double D Rose collided with Joey Ryan. Double D is bringing an entirely different variety of challenge to #RRSTourney as she presents The Bunz of Steel Challenge – FANS BRING THE WEAPONS! The Bunz of Steel Challenge is open to ANY professional wrestlers in the Chicagoland Area for the weekend brave enough to step up! And that’s a looooooooot of possibilities!

And we even have a little more in addition to all this with a few surprises in store!

Don’t miss all the action coming from RISE September 1 at Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket!

Tickets: risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

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Labor day weekend will be a GIGANTIC weekend for professional wrestling with all eyes of the wrestling world upon Chicago as AEW presents All Out August 31 at Sears Centre Arena August 31.

The next day, September 1 in Berwyn, IL, RISE presents Regional Rising Stars – The Midwest Bracket. #RRSTourney will be centered around an 8 Woman, Single Elimination Tournament featuring up-and-coming wrestling talent based in the Midwestern United States. With so many fans from other areas of the world, we want to show new fans just how talented the Women of the Midwest are!

The first round matches are as follows:

Laynie Luck vs. Hawlee Cromwell, Sierra vs. Queen Aminata, Heidi Katrina vs. Elayna Black and Big Mama vs. Valentina Loca.

In addition to the complete tournament, we have signed two very special non-tournament matches (so far…).

First, after their thrilling battle as the final two participants in Through the Door at PRIDE & JOY, fans and talent have spoken, and both will be happy to know that at #RRSTourney, “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly goes one on one with Jake Atlas!

And in what promises to be an grudge match for the ages. Paradise Lost, the team of Raven’s Ash and Dust with “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary will challenge The Killer Death Machines, the team of Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh in a rematch for The Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championships!

What a weekend it will be! Don’t miss Regional Rising Stars – The Midwest Bracket September 1 in Berwyn, IL All Out Weekend!

Tickets, just $10-$30 at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

“The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart is a name synonymous with RISE and synonymous with EQUALITY in professional wrestling. Her entire career, Shotzi has fought for and represented equality in wrestling everywhere she goes, always up to the challenge of any wrestler, no matter how they identify.

Hear these words from Shotzi Blackheart ahead of her Global Open Challenge for the Sabotage Wrestling War of Genders Championship at RISE – PRIDE & JOY, now available with unlimited replays on FITE.TV

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Pride month is over…or is it? As they say, “Time flies by when you’re having fun.” But just because it’s July doesn’t mean pride isn’t celebrated all year round. About 3 years ago I went to my first pride parade. And to me I saw so much freedom and nothing to worry about. PRIDE & JOY really meant so much to me, so I wanted to share a little about myself and about the event itself. Here goes…

I grew up attracted to girls and never truly knew why or how to come about it. I mean who didn’t find the pink ranger hot? Right? Ha! When I was in middle school, I came out to three of my best friends at the time. One of them, just didn’t understand how a girl could be attracted to another girl— I lost someone who I thought was a friend. I was afraid to be fully open after that, especially towards both my parents. I didn’t want to lose them by being disowned. I felt like I could never be myself in front of them, I felt trapped and stuck living a double life.

About three years ago I finally had the courage to come out to my parents— it took me at the age of 26 to finally speak up. It was the scariest thing I ever had to do— and even though they both didn’t want to believe it at first, they’ve come around to accept me.

Like most super heroes, we sometimes hide who we are— because we’re afraid what the world might think. It’s 2019– gay marriage is legal in all fifty states. There is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. Don’t let uneducated, ignorant people bring you down. Chase what makes you happy— be the happiness because that’s what this world needs, a fucking rainbow! Don’t let one miserable grumpa-lump (yes, that’s a word now) ruin your day or ruin your happiness.

Be yourself— that’s more important then stressing over judgment. Look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of who you are! There is no such thing as “normal.” We are all weird in our own ways— and that’s a good damn thing! I’ve been told many times how I’d go to hell because I was committing a “sin,” or how I needed to be “cured.” It took me years to be comfortable with myself, it’s crazy how long I’ve waited. How much I wished I could’ve just once spoken up in middle school, in high school or during my college years. I felt like I’ve wasted so much time hiding. But things take time and everything happens for a reason— eventually everything falls into place.

RISE – PRIDE & JOY was special. I’ve done a few RISE shows now, but this one to me just meant so much more. I’m just happy I was able to be apart of this show. Share that moment with my Sea Star Delmi who accepted me from the very beginning. Every match I got to watch delivered, the crowd was hot from beginning to end. There were so many flags throughout the venue— so much pride. The main event was unbelievable! That was the first time I got to watch Cassandro el Exotico perform in the ring in person and I literally popped for everything!

The heartfelt speech Mercedes gave out at the end— says a lot on how RISE is developing performers, and not just women athletes but also men. Together we’re all equal. Together we all RISE above the hate.

Thank you Kevin Harvey for putting together such an incredible and meaningful event for all. Until next time RISE, love Ashley Vox

At RISE – PRIDE & JOY, fans in Chicago and worldwide on FITE.tv witnessed a collision of epic proportions. Witness the colossal power of Joey Ryan and Double D Rose when they go SUPER SAIYAN! Catch the replay of this amazing event, Pro Wrestling’s Ultimate Event of Love and Inclusion, now available with Unlimited Replays on FITE.tv and FITE Apps across all major platforms.